Disquiet

Disquiet

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Penguin Putnam
Olivia arrives at her mother?s chateau in rural France (the first time in more than a decade) with her two young children in tow. Soon the family is joined by Olivia?s brother Marcus and his wife Sophie?but this reunion is far from joyful. After years of desperately wanting a baby, Sophie has just given birth to a stillborn child, and she is struggling to overcome her devastation. Meanwhile, Olivia wrestles with her own secrets about the cruel and violent man she married many years before. Exquisitely written and reminiscent of Ian McEwan and J. M. Coetzee, Disquiet is a darkly beautiful and atmospheric story that will linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.



Random House, Inc.
Olivia arrives at her mother?s chateau in rural France (the first time in more than a decade) with her two young children in tow. Soon the family is joined by Olivia?s brother Marcus and his wife Sophie?but this reunion is far from joyful. After years of desperately wanting a baby, Sophie has just given birth to a stillborn child, and she is struggling to overcome her devastation. Meanwhile, Olivia wrestles with her own secrets about the cruel and violent man she married many years before. Exquisitely written and reminiscent of Ian McEwan and J. M. Coetzee, Disquiet is a darkly beautiful and atmospheric story that will linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.

Baker & Taylor
Accompanied by her two children, Olivia leaves her violent marriage and returns to her childhood home in rural France, where she is joined by her brother Marcus and his wife Sophie, who are struggling to overcome their devastation over their stillborn baby.

Blackwell North Amer
Accompanied by two young children, Olivia has left a violent marriage and returned to her childhood home, an austere chateau surrounded by formal gardens. Haunted by unspoken past events, she considers herself to be already 'murdered' - dead before dying.
At the same time as this unannounced homecoming another couple are expected at the chateau: her brother Marcus and his wife Sophie are due back from the hospital with their newborn baby. To the dismay of the household, nothing goes to plan. In this world of exquisite artifice and control everyone bears towards breaking.
Poetic and imagined, Julia Leigh's new novella is both strange and estranged - a mesmerising vision of a family in extremis.

Baker
& Taylor

Accompanied by her two children, Olivia leaves her violent marriage and returns to her childhood home in rural France, where she is joined by her brother Marcus and his wife Sophie, who are struggling to overcome their devastation over their stillborn baby. Original.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780143113508
014311350X
Branch Call Number: FIC Leigh, J 2008
Characteristics: 120 pages ; 18 cm

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GailRoger
Dec 05, 2009

**spoiler alert** Not bad and has the advantage of being really short, but because it's short, I took the opportunity to re-read it and it didn't quite stand up to the second-time-through test. The style is economical and slightly eccentric with odd choices of words to set you slightly off-balance and the imagery is crystal-clear, in fact, cinematic. I could easily see this as an art-house film, with moody lighting and little background music. I'm not sure how uplifting it is to read about this highly dysfunctional family, but they do seem to be choosing life as the book closes. Much of the plot revolves around a tragedy involving a child, so be warned.

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